In this interview with Katie Couric, Sir Elton John talks about how he became involved in writing music for the Broadway version of BILLY ELLIOT after falling in love with the movie.
Elton wrote the music in only two weeks - starting with lyrics first, his tried-and-true method whether he writes for Rock, Pop or Broadway. "I write in binges, three or four songs a day, but I only write a few times a year - and I look forward to doing it."
His Broadway successes prior to working on BILLY ELLIOT include writing music for award-winning shows LION KING, AIDA, and LESTAT. Elton explains that BILLY ELLIOT was especially poignant for him because his own father never approved of his decision - or recognized his success - as a Rock n Roll performer. "Within each of us there is someting creative and if you have art, it can ease the pain of any terrible situation."
PNC Broadway in Louisville presents
June 26 - July 1
The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall
Based on the Academy Award-nominated 2000 film of the same title, BILLY ELLIOT is the story of its namesake star, a young boy in a depressed working-class mining town in the North of England.
Set during the history-making 1984 miner’s strike, the show follows Billy, the youngest child of a blue-collar family that has recently lost its Mum, as he discovers his unlikely and extraordinary gift for ballet.
While Billy’s father and brother take to the picket lines of the violent and life-changing strike, Billy secretly begins to study the art of dance with the help of a hard-drinking, chain-smoking local dance teacher.
But as Billy blossoms and thrives, the world and lives around him continues to wither—and his only escape may be the prestigious Royal Ballet School, a place no working-class boy has ever gone, or been allowed to go to, before.
Recommended for audiences age 13+ due to mature language.